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Area Roundup: Johnston grabs AAC Runner of the Week honors
Martinsville Speedway offering Denny Hamlin fan package
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Bryan College freshman and Martinsville High School graduate Joel Johnston helped lead the Bryan College men’s cross country team to a 27th place finish Saturday at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic. That performance earned him Appalachian Athleitc Conference runner of the week honors.
Individually, Johnston finished 167 out of 255 runners. The race featured four NCAA ranked teams — two in the top 10 — and an individual national champion and runner up from the past two years.
Johnston finished a second under 26 minutes in the 8K race. He shaved more than a minute off of his personal best time. Sophomore Lawi Lalang of Arizona won the race with a time of 22:33.
Johnston was the 2011 Piedmont District cross country runner of the year.
Martinsville Speedway offering
Denny Hamlin fan package
Martinsville Speedway is offering a package for $73 that will allow fans to hear what Denny Hamlin thinks about his Chase chances and the odds of him pulling of a win at Martinsville when those fans attend a question-and-answer session with Hamlin.
The Q&A is tentativey scheduleled for 10:10 a.m. on race morning and will be a 15-minute emceed appearance.
The package also includes a seat in the Old Dominion Tower.
“Denny has a great history at Martinsville, from his Late Model Stock days to winning in Sprint Cup and the Truck Series,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “It’s even a little more special because he is a native Virginian and raced here when he was just a youngster.”
For more information, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
Corcoran scores first goal
at Longwood University
Former Martinsville High School soccer player Zach Corcoran, a Region IV and Piedmont District first-team standout for the Bulldogs, scored his first career collegiate goal Saturday for Division-I Longwood University in a non-conference match against George Washington University in Washington D.C.
It was the first non-conference win for the Lancers (3-7-1). Corcoran, who has played in all but one game his freshman season with three starts, put the game out of reach with his goal in the 83rd minute. Longwood scored three unanswered in the victory.
On the play Jonathan Kukapa — who factored in all three goals — sent Corcoran running down the left side into space with a well placed through-ball. After two touches the freshman buried a hard low shot to the far corner from the upper-left side of the penalty box.
Longwood takes on Radford today in its second to last Big South Conference game of the season.
Patrick County 3
The Patrick County volleyball team kept its record unblemished with a 25-11, 25-12, 25-6 sweep of Martinsville on Tuesday night in Stuart.
Beth Williams led the Cougars (13-0, 3-0 Piedmont District) with 27 points, 15 assists and seven aces, while teammate Hannah Largen also had 12 points.
Also for the Cougars, Ebony Reynolds recorded six kills and two blocks, and T’Keyah Hines tallied five kills and two blocks.
Patrick County’s junior varsity team also swept the Bulldogs, winning 2-0 (25-8, 25-4).
Emma Hubbard had 11 points for the PCHS JV team; Kaleigh Griffith finished with nine points; Cassidy Largen notched eight points; and Abby Hutchens also had eight points.
The Cougars’ junior varsity team is now 8-5 on the season and 3-0 in district play.
Patrick County’s next game will be Tuesday at Tunstall (9-6, 1-1 PD).
Holy Cross 0
Carlisle’s boys soccer team beat Holy Cross 6-0 on Monday to improve to 10-1 this season and 4-0 at the Smith River Sports Complex.
Six different Chiefs players scored in the game — Preston Key, Jihun “Duke” Lee, Zhi Hao, Corey Gaylor, Osmund Sillah and Nick Clark.
Lee also assisted on two goals, as did Sillah. Mitchell Hamlett and backup goalkeeper Garrett Joyner each made one save in goal for the Chiefs.
Carlisle will be back in action Thursday as they go on the road to play North Cross.
The Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School boys soccer team defeated Martinsville 6-1 on Tuesday to complete its season with a perfect 6-0 record and claim the Piedmont Middle School Conference championship.
For FCMS, Jacob Porter netted a hat trick with three goals, Enrique Rodriguez tallied two goals, and Levi Barnhart had a goal.
Christian Garcia had two assists, and Andrew Dohnam and Gabriel Aiken each finished with one assist.
Kieran Durden and Fisher Athey combined for five saves in goal for FCMS.